No, I’m not sponsored by Frito-Lay this week. No matter how much it looks like it. (Pepsi! The choice of a new generation!)
On walking taco day, my kids beg to buy a school lunch. I always thought it was the same thing as Frito pie - chili on top of Fritos, but with taco toppings.
I was close, but I was still wrong. I found out the difference at Cedar Point. After a few terrifying roller coasters, I was finishing a smoked turkey leg when I saw the Walking Taco stand. And the kid walking away from it, digging into a bag of Doritos with a spoon.
Doritos plus taco filling? Why didn’t someone tell me they had one of those…things?
So, to summarize:
- Frito Pie = Fritos + Chili + Cheese
- Walking Tacos = Doritos + Taco meat + Salsa + Cheese + Lettuce + Sour Cream (+ other taco toppings)
I mean, really, I’m the last person to figure this out. Even Taco Bell knew it out before I did. What kind of a food blogger am I, when I’m this far behind a food trend?
That’s OK. You should have seen the kids when I told them what we were having for dinner. I’m now officially “Best Dad Ever”, Or at least until I make them eat something healthy to balance out this meal.
No pressure cooker? No worries. See the Notes section for stovetop instructions.
Recipe: Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos
Cooking time: 35 minutes
- 4 quart or larger pressure cooker (I used a Instant-Pot 6 quart electric PC)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup chili powder blend
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup water (or substitute beer)
- 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (Muir Glen Fire Roasted with green chiles, or Ro*Tel tomatoes)
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper
- Single serving bags of Doritos (I got a mix of regular and cool ranch)
- Shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend)
- Shredded lettuce
- Sour cream
- Diced onions
- Hot sauce (I like El Yucateco Green Habareno, for real heat. But use your favorite.)
1. Saute the aromatics and toast the spicesHeat the vegetable oil in the pressure cooker pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onions, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and cloves to the pressure cooker pot. Saute until the onions are softened and the spices are toasting, about 3 minutes.
2. Simmer the turkey until no longer pink, top with the tomatoesPour in 1 cup of water, then scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to loosen any stuck onions or spices. Add the turkey, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and brown sugar, and cook, stirring and breaking up the turkey until the turkey is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Pour the tomatoes with green chiles on top of the beef mixture, but don’t stir - the tomatoes may burn if they sink to the bottom of the pot.
3. Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes (12 minutes in an electric PC)Lock the lid on the pressure cooker and bring the cooker up to high pressure. (Read your fine pressure cooker manual for how to do this). Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes (12 minutes for electric pressure cookers), then let the pressure come down naturally, about 15 minutes. Unlock the lid, stir, break up any large clumps of meat, and add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Serve in the Doritos bagsFor each serving: Lightly crush the Doritos in the bag, to break them into smaller pieces. Cut open a Dorito bag lengthwise (not across the top). Spoon a ladle or two of meat into the bag, then top with the shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, sour cream, onions, and (optional) hot sauce. Grab a spoon, and eat straight out of the bag.
- No pressure cooker? No worries. Cook the meat in a large pot or dutch oven. Increase the water in the recipe to 2 cups. Follow the recipe up to step 3, then instead of pressure cooking, simmer the meat on the stovetop until everything thickens up, about 1 hour. Continue with the serving step.
- Want to take the easy way out? Replace the pressure cooker turkey with turkey cooked on the stovetop with taco seasoning. Just…don’t tell me, OK? Doritos are one thing, taco seasoning…that’s something else entirely.
- If you don’t want to mess with individual serving bags, get a big bag of Doritos and serve in bowls. Start with a base of Doritos, crush them a bit, and build from there. It won’t look as impressive, but it tastes just as good.
- I couldn’t find single serving bags of Doritos at my store - I had to buy a multi-pack. And the kids liked the walking tacos with Sun Chips almost as much as the Doritos. So, I think any crunchy chip will work with this recipe. (Other than potato chips - they seem too thin, like they’d just melt in the chili - but maybe that’s just me.)
What do you think?Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.
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